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ANTONIO J. BUSALACCHI has been named to a second five-year term as president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

The UCAR Board of Trustees approved Busalacchi's renewal based on his record of steady leadership and vision. Under Busalacchi's leadership, UCAR in 2018 signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation to continue its management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). More recently, Busalacchi has guided the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up telework procedures to ensure the health and safety of employees while successfully maintaining staff productivity.

Since taking the helm of UCAR in 2016, Busalac chi hired NCAR director Everette Joseph; modernized UCAR operating practices and hired a chief operating officer. Lory Wingate; established the UCAR Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion under Carolyn Brinkworth; and increased the visibility of UCAR among national policymakers. He also oversaw the development of UCAR's 10-year strategic plan that emphasizes partnerships, innovation, and service to advance Earth system science for a better world.

During Busalacchi's time as president, the number of UCAR member colleges and universities has reached 120, an increase of 10%, thereby strengthening the organization's engagement in areas such as hydrology and oceanography, and with minority-serving institutions.

Busalacchi earned his master's and Ph.D. in oceanography and B.S. in physics from Florida State University. He is author or coauthor of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers related to atmosphere-ocean interactions. In 2016, Busalacchi was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a Fellow of AMS, AGU, and AAAS.

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Title Annotation:45 BEACON; Antonio J. Busalacchi
Publication:Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Article Type:Biography
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2021
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